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52 years after capture, orca Lolita may return to Pacific

Mar. 31, 2023 06:09 AM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — More than 50 years after the orca known as Lolita was captured for public display, plans are in place to return her from the Miami Seaquarium to her home waters in the Pacific Northwest, where a nearly century-old, endangered killer whale believed to be her mother still swims. ...

Yurok Tribe, fishing groups sue over water delivery to farms

Mar. 30, 2023 22:20 PM EDT

KLAMATH, Calif. (AP) — A northern California tribe is pressing the federal government to stop water deliveries for farming in southern Oregon and northern California unless a federal agency can show it's met all legal requirements for endangered species, including salmon and killer whales. ...

Energy company: Minnesota leak fixed, plant to reopen soon

Mar. 29, 2023 16:47 PM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. (AP) — A faulty pipe that allowed water containing a radioactive isotope of hydrogen to leak at a Minnesota nuclear power plant has been repaired and the plant will return to service in the next week, a spokesman for the energy company said Tuesday. Meanwhile, a...

Much of West Coast faces ban to fish salmon amid low stocks

Mar. 24, 2023 12:50 PM EDT

SAN DIEGO (AP) — As drought dried up rivers that carry California’s newly hatched Chinook salmon to the ocean, state officials in recent years resorted to loading up the fish by the millions onto trucks and barges to take them to the Pacific. The surreal and desperate scramble...

A fish can sense another's fear, a study shows

Mar. 23, 2023 18:05 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Our capacity to care about others may have very, very ancient origins, a new study suggests. It might have been deep-rooted in prehistoric animals that lived millions of years ago, before fish and mammals like us diverged on the tree of life, according to...

Regulators, landowners form habitat protection partnership

Mar. 23, 2023 18:05 PM EDT

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — The Biden administration and industry groups pledged Thursday to promote logging practices and research intended to protect imperiled species on private forest lands. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and two forest products organizations signed a...

Last wild Atlantic salmon can survive Maine dams, feds say

Mar. 20, 2023 17:22 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The federal government ruled Monday that the last wild Atlantic salmon in the country can coexist with hydroelectric dams on a Maine river, dealing a blow to environmentalists who have long sought to remove the dams. The salmon, once abundant in the U.S., now...

Judge extends agreement date for Oklahoma poultry lawsuit

Mar. 18, 2023 12:48 PM EDT

A federal judge is giving Oklahoma and nearly a dozen poultry companies, including the world’s largest poultry producer, Tyson Foods, an additional 90 days to reach an agreement on plans to clean a watershed polluted by chicken litter. U.S. District Judge Gregory Frizzell on Friday...

Moore seeks disaster aid for Chesapeake Bay invasive fish

Mar. 17, 2023 17:49 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Maryland Gov. Wes Moore has asked the federal government to declare the increasing population of invasive fish species in the Chesapeake Bay an ongoing commercial fishery disaster. “In recent years, the state has become increasingly concerned about the explosion...

State and US officials tout spending to plug 'orphan wells'

Mar. 17, 2023 17:44 PM EDT

ATCHAFALAYA NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE, La. (AP) — Stacks of valves, networks of pipes and hulking, two-story-tall tanks litter parts of the swampy landscape of Louisiana’s Atchafalaya Basin, rusting relics of sites where oil wells were drilled in the 1970s, an unwanted legacy of the energy...